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November 2, 2011

Shorties (Joan Didion, The B-52s, and more)

Joan Didion talks to Morning Edition about her new book, Blue Nights

Kate Pierson of The B-52s looks back on the band's discography at the A.V. Club.

The Guardian lists the top 10 wilderness books in literature.

American Laundromat has finalized the tracklisting for its Smiths tribute album and is now taking preorders.

Book Riot lists the top 10 literary mustaches.

The Bat Segundo Show interviews Weird Al Yankovic.

At MediaShift, author Scott Turow explores the future of the book as part of the blog's Beyond the Book series.

The Liminal interviews Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny about his new band, 200 Years.

Author Jonathan Ames shares his daily media consumption with the Atlantic Wire.

At Noisecreep, Torche's Steve Brooks lists five albums that changed his life.

The New York Observer reviews Haruki Murakami's new novel 1Q84.

Variety reviews the tour documentary Andrew Bird: Fever Year.

The A.V. Club Twin Cities interviews cartoonist Anders Nilsen.

Bloomberg profiles the online music service Bandcamp.

The Office actress Mindy Kaling talks to Morning Edition about her new book Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me?.

The New York Times magazine interviews Martin Scorsese about his film adaptation of Brian Selznick's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Bookforum interviews Colson Whitehead about his new novel Zone One.

SXSW Music has announced the first wave of artists performing at the 2012 event.

NPR is streaming audio from last night's Washington performance by St. Vincent.

Singer-songwriter Dan Mangan visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Monkey See lists 17 more ways in which Metallica might want to consider betraying its fans.

David M. Kennedy talks to Fresh Air about his new book, Don't Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America.

Win the new Steve Jobs biography and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

Follow me on Twitter, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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